Amul Cooperative was a response to the exploitation of marginal milk producers by traders. Inspired by the success that the milk cooperatives in Gujarat had, a number of cooperatives of dairy farmers and farmers sprung up to gain bargaining power and capitalize on economies of scale. It has, however, been very difficult to replicate the success that Amul achieved though there have been many pockets of excellence including Mulukanoor Women’s Cooperative Dairy in Andhra Pradesh.
Access Livelihood Consulting (ALC), our partner organisation head quartered in Hyderabad, has been working with rural communities to help set up profitable livelihood enterprises that communities can run and operate themselves.… Read further
These words are by “The First American” , Benjamin Franklin, and perfectly exemplify the philosophy of Vigyan Ashram, Rang De’s field partner in Maharashtra.
Rang De’s Pune team started the month of November by a field visit to Vigyan Ashram in Pabal , followed by a visit to the engineering and fabrication workshop of Ganesh Pawar, a borrower located in the town of Pargaon.
Vigyan Ashram is a center of Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune, established in 1983 by scientist and educationalist , Late Dr. Kalbag, that caters to the skill development and training needs of the rural youth.Developing entrepreneurial skills is an important part of this educational system. … Read further
Rohit Parakh is the President of Rang De UK Chapter and an avid Rang De supporter. Here he writes about his recent visit to Bangalore where he caught up with some waste management entrepreneurs that Rang De had funded.
After being involved with Rang De as a volunteer for what seems like forever I was quite excited to visit Rang De’s borrowers who run dry waste collection centres (DWCC) with Hasirudula during my recent trip to India. Being my first field visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was keen to learn.
Our first stop was to meet Sadashivaiah who runs a dry waste collection centre in Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru.… Read further
By Shital Pawar, Impact Team - Rang De
Bahadarpur is a small village in Parola Block of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. After a night long journey from Pune, I and my colleague Hitesh reached the place to spend two days with the community. Like many other villages in the region, Bahadarpur also suffers issues of frequent drought, lack of irrigation and load shedding for almost 12 hours every day but in spite of all the difficulties, Bahadarpur is on a dedicated journey towards reaching complete self-reliance. This has definitely not happened overnight! The efforts of Ms. Nilima Mishra – the Ramon Magsaysay award winner – and her team of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) has been facilitating this.… Read further
Shaily Gupta is a Rang De social investor based in US. On a recent trip to Calcutta, she teamed up with the Rang De team for a field visit. Here’s what Shaily has to say about her experience.
Selfie Time ! At the Thakurpukur unit, with the women and the KSDF team
The sun was about to set on a typical humid day over the bustling suburbs of Calcutta and traffic on the side streets seems to be moving at its usual pace; but this was not a usual day for me – there are few days in our lives which enrich life with real community experiences as today did.… Read further